"What's Wrong with My Car?"
Diagnose Your Vehicle Issues & Understand Potential Service Costs
Owning a vehicle can provide you the freedom you want and need to get to work or school, run errands, visit family and friends, go on adventures, and everything in between. Owning a vehicle is awesome, but there are associated costs every owner must know about. Aside from the price of gas, vehicle owners can expect to pay for regular oil changes, tire rotations, filter exchanges, wiper blade replacements, etc. year-round. Not to mention scheduled maintenance, which is recommended at specific mile marks for each vehicle, i.e. spark plug replacement at 100,000 miles. You can find all of this information in your owner's manual or by consulting with our team at Graff Bay City. Access your vehicle's owner's manual, service history, warranty, recalls, and more at Chevrolet's Owner Center online.
Taking care of routine and scheduled maintenance can help you avoid unexpected problems, but unfortunately, things still happen. Any car and driver is subject to sudden problems, strange mishaps, and in the end, unwanted repair costs. Knowing what's wrong in the first place might give you a better idea of what you'll need to pay when you have your vehicle serviced and repaired.
If you're visiting this page to diagnose a strange noise, feeling, or smell coming from your vehicle, please see the information below to get an idea of what could be going on. If you're visiting this page out of curiosity, we welcome you to read through the information as well, because knowing more about your car ahead of time might save you a big headache in the future. Below you'll find information on commonly diagnosed issues and an estimate for service. Please note that each situation is different and to truly diagnose your vehicle's problems, you'll need to visit a Certified technician. Also remember that a vehicle has many components that work together, which means one issue can often cause another and one repair can often fix multiple symptoms.
To achieve the best fuel economy and vehicle handling, the wheels should be properly aligned so that they are all completely parallel. Every vehicle needs this service, typically once per year or every 12,000 miles. When your wheels hit a pothole, curb, or rough roads they can become misaligned. If you're experiencing any of the following symptoms, you might need a wheel alignment or at the very least an alignment and suspension inspection.
- The car pulls to one side or the other
- Wear on tire tread is uneven
- Your steering wheel seems crooked while driving straight
Your vehicle's battery is an important component when it comes to starting your car! Weather, level of use, and age all come into play when determining the health of your battery. Batteries are typically good for 3-5 years, but keep a lookout for the following symptoms of an unhealthy battery. Always be sure to have a technician test your battery with professional diagnostic equipment.
- Slow cranking or no cranking when trying to start the car
- Complete inability to start the car
- There's corrosion or gunk around the battery terminals
- The battery's casing looks swollen
- A battery light on the dashboard
Your brakes are understandably one of the most important components of your car, and don't often need maintenance, but do require regular inspection and an attentive driver! Brake pads are the part that lies in between the brake rotors and caliper, used to create friction and slow down the wheels, and will need to be replaced eventually. If your driving behavior includes heavy, hard, or repeated braking, you might discover you need to have the pads replaced more frequently. Because every driver is different, it's important to keep a lookout for the following symptoms:
- You hear a screeching or clicking noise when braking
- The car or brake pedal vibrates when brakes are applied
- It takes more time for the car to stop than it used to
- Your car pulls to one side or the other when braking
Check Engine Light
The check engine light can be triggered by a large variety of issues happening in and around your vehicle, many of them being serious. If you're seeing a check engine light, first, check to see if your gas cap is loose. If your gas cap is secure, see the list of other causes below and make an appointment to have your vehicle's codes diagnosed right away. Be aware that smoke coming from your vehicle or a rising engine temperature is serious and if you experience these symptoms you should stop the car completely and avoid driving.
- Your gas cap is loose or missing
- Worn spark plugs
- Failed catalytic converter
- Failed mass airflow sensor
- Work or broken oxygen sensor
The coolant in your car is responsible for keeping your engine running at an optimal temperature. Without coolant, your engine would quickly overheat and become damaged beyond repair or be very costly to fix. Coolant is a fluid that can become contaminated over time, becoming less effective at protecting the engine. You don't need to have your coolant flushed often, but it’s important to look out for these symptoms.
- Engine overheating or temperature gauge fluctuation
- Bulging or cracked radiator hoses
- Rust or scaling in the coolant
- A sweet smell
Oil changes are one of the most important things you can do to keep your vehicle healthy and running well! Oil changes are also necessary for the functions of your engine. It helps remove heat from the engine and keep all parts lubricated to minimize wear. Oil can also become too contaminated over time and lose its ability to protect your engine, which is why it's recommended to be changed every 3,000-5,000 miles.
- Your oil looks black and gritty
- The engine sounds louder than normal
- Your check engine light is on
- Your car is smoking or your temperature gauge is rising
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You Can Trust in Graff Chevrolet Bay City to Fix Your Car Issues!
At Graff Bay City, we have no shame in priding ourselves for providing exemplary auto service! Our team of ASE Certified technicians is dedicated to exceeding your expectations when it comes to routine maintenance, diagnostics, repairs, and even auto body work. Although we're a Chevrolet dealership, we're equipped to service vehicles of any make or model, including Chevy, GMC, Buick, Cadillac, Ford, Dodge, Pontiac, Honda, Kia, Nissan, and more. We're confident in saying you can trust us to fix any car issue you might be experiencing. We understand the frustration and cost that surrounds car problems, but we're here to help. We will always take into consideration your time, needs, and budget when finding a solution to your problem.
You can conveniently schedule a service appointment, at our Service Center at 3636 Wilder Road in Bay City, online or by giving us a call at (989) 684-4411. We're proud to serve our neighbors in Bay City, Saginaw, Frankenmuth, Birch Run, Zilwaukee, Pinconning, Essexville, and beyond.